Nat’l Nutrition Council trains Nutriskwela radio personnel
LAGAWE, Ifugao – Operations of Nutriskwela Community radio stations in the Cordillera and Region II will be enhanced to provide the information needs of the public particularly on health and nutrition.
This is the assurance of participants of the training on community radio broadcasting for radio station personnel of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program (NCRNP) conducted by the National Nutrition Council-Cordillera.
“With the new knowledge gained from the training, these will help in addressing the challenges and will strengthen the capability of our respectively radio stations as a medium in providing fair, accurate and relevant information to the listening public,” they said.
The three-day activity was participated in by station managers and personnel from Radyo Kiphodan in Lagawe, Ifugao; Radyo Kalugaran in Claveria, Cagayan; Radyo Kasalip in Pasil, Kalinga; Radyo Kasaranay in Luna, Apayao and Radyo Kataguwan in (Bauko, Mountain Province.
NNC-Cordillera Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Bella Basalong said while the nutrition agency has established tools to continue the operations of the stations, personnel must be properly trained on community radio operations to run the facility effectively to serve its objective of promoting nutrition.
“It will also ensure compliance with rules and regulations governing radio broadcasting,” Basalong added.
The resource speakers were MPBC-DZWT Supervisor Christopher Bartolo, Velanie Dao-ines, and John Nestor Ballad of NNC-Cordillera and Region II, Radyo Kalugaran Station Manager Juliet Atiagan, RPN 9 Station Manager Joseph Manzano, Jamie Joie Malingan from the Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera, Dexter See of Baguio City Government Unit, and Benguet State University Professor Nora Sagayo.
Topics include community radio, NCRNP and Nutriskwela monitoring tool, radio council and station and editorial policy; monitoring and evaluation of the radio station; radio broadcast voice and effective anchoring and interviewing techniques; writing for radio and field reporting; broadcast equipment operations, digital media and social networking and other related discussions.
The trainees visited the Radyo Pilipinas-Baguio to have a firsthand experience about operation of a commercial radio station, where Station Manager Andre Amadeo and his staff oriented the participants on broadcast equipment operations and maintenance.
There are 50 Nutriskwela community radio stations established by the NNC nationwide to empower communities through dissemination of correct and up-to-date nutrition and health information, and other educational and developmental information. – Marcelo Lihgawon